Oct 26, 2012
Protect your Protective Style
Protective styles are a great way to give your hair a rest, if done right they can retain length and help your hair grow longer than normal by preventing breakage. Only if they are done right. If they are done wrong, they can rip out edges, cause bald spots and even breakage. So what is the difference between protective styling done right and wrong?
Protective styling done right requires a proper installment. Whether it be weaves, braids, wigs, or even a ponytail and donut bun combo, you have to do it right or you can have a nightmare on your hands. First things first, you have to properly moisturize your hair before applying any protective style. Moisturized hair is less likely to break off than dry brittle hair. The moisturizing process begins at the shampoo bowl. Once you shampoo your hair using a shampoo designed to give moisture, you have to follow up with a conditioner. Even after that conditioner, you need to make sure that you apply a cream, oil, butter, whatever you want to your hair to lock and seal.
If you opt to blow-dry, try a setting that isn't too hot, and use a technique that won't pull your hair out. Some women use the denman brush during this time, some use a blow-dry pic method, if DONE CORRECTLY both can be effective ways of drying the hair without breakage. You'll want to start in sections, and use a heat protectant, and a wide tooth comb to make sure hair is fully detangled.
Once your hair is fully blown dry, the styling method usually starts and things get tricky. Although I'm sure you want your protective style to last, don't make those braids too tight, especially around the hairline. This causes breakage that can sometimes be irreversible, or at the very least, a pain to grow back. If you are using a donut bun, make sure your hairline is properly moisturized and avoid gels with alcohol if you are going for a "sleek" look, this can cause the hair to break off from dryness. If you're choosing to wear a full or half wig, a wig cap will prevent baldness from friction, also, make sure the elastic is not pulled to tight, this will also help you avoid headaches and public adjusting.
There are tons of protective hairstyles out there, finding one that is right for you and your hair is enough of a hassle without having to worry about your style doing its job!